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Date of Passing: Jan 14, 2020

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear mother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, Ruth Diane Cook, (nee Richard). Beloved wife to Mervin Cook, of 19 years.
On January 14, 2020, with her family by her side, Mom left us for the Spirit world.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory; son Michael (Alexa); daughter Dakotah. Honorary daughter Pam; sisters, Kathleen, Lillian (Joe), Marie (Greg), Jennie (Bob), Bernice (Gilbert); brothers, Alex, Fred, Marcel (Barb), Clifford; sisters-in-law, Maria, Freda (Chris); brothers-in-law, Alphie (Debbie) and Ross. Grandchildren: Taurean, Patience, Michael Jr., Trayven, Malayah, Avery. Honorary grandchildren, Sohara and Kree. As well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who considered her Mama as well. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Agnes and William; son William Joseph (BJ); sisters, Dorothy, Margaret; brothers, David, Donald; and sister-in-law Isabel.
Wake services will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Prayer Service, Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow. Resting of Mom will take place at a later date in Oakpoint, MB.
The family would like to thank the staff of SICU Health Sciences Centre for their care and compassion.

Rest in Peace Mom,
we love you.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I am gonna miss you aunty, not only were you my aunt but you were also like a mom to me. Being brought up by you was the best days of my life. I loved living with you and your family, never once made me feel unwelcomed. You had a heart that was so big for each and every one of us kids. I'm gonna miss you always, you were just like grandma, always there for us when we needed someone to get us through with whatever we were going through. Losing you is definitely the hardest. I feel like I lost my best friend and a mom, we are definitely lost out here. I'll miss you but I will see you again. So for now it's a short good bye. Not to worry, your beautiful daughter will be looked after. I promise you that. I love you. - Posted by: Krystle (Niece) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • It was sad to hear about the passing of your mother and she will be greatly missed by you and your siblings and many. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please accept my condolences and wish you and your family have the courage to bear the irreparable loss. - Posted by: Ayo Olugboye (Colleague at The Supporting Employment & Economic Development Inc.) on: Jan 23, 2020

  • Aunty you will always be my favorite aunt, when gma left you took over as the new rock of the family. It was a huge burden to fill those shoes but you actually expanded those shoes. You had the biggest heart and took care of so many, you opened your door, and left it open for all of your family and friends, even strangers. You may have had small hands but those hands fed thousands even by yourself you could feed hundreds of people. You were dedicated to your family there's no doubt in anyone's mind that you did not love your children, grandchildren, and family with unconditional love you are the one to set those standards for how much you could take and still continue on with a smile even when your back was breaking, and your soul was tired. Now we all are left with another hole in our hearts, and an emptiness to live with. Although we wanted you to stay a little longer we all knew you needed to go now go rest and be happy your now reunited with your baby, and our other loved ones whom we miss so much. Continue to dance in the sky with your new leg and watch over us from time to time make sure you send smoke signals lol Rest Easy now aunty. We will always love you and do our best to help your family. - Posted by: Charmain Richard (Niece) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • I'm going to miss u so much mama, I'm sorry I didn't visit more often I always made plans to come visit with the kids, ur grandbabies, who aren't really ur actual grandbabies but they still considered u mama. U will always be my mama, u taught me so much growing up. I'm sorry for all your pain, I love u so much I'm so broken and have regrets in me because of not being able to visit or see u more often. I love u always, ur daughter Brandi - Posted by: Brandi (Niece/Daughter ) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • I was saddened to hear about my dear sister Ruth who passed away on January 14, 2020, at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB. I know that you struggled with diabetes for a number of years and the disease finally took its toll on you. Thank you for being my sister in a large family of fourteen children. I'll miss you dear sister and rest in peace. We love you and will miss you! - Posted by: Fred Richard (Brother) on: Jan 21, 2020

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